West Ham will be hoping to get back to winning ways this weekend when they travel to Newcastle United.

St James’ Park will be the venue as West Ham look to bounce back from their 4-0 home loss against Manchester City.

Newcastle, on the other hand, are unbeaten in four and have picked up three wins on the bounce to overtake West Ham in the table.

Manuel Pellegrini will be considering his options for this game and he could recall two players as they make their injury comebacks.

Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere are both fit for this weekend’s trip to Tyneside. Should either player get a game on Saturday?

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll was back in the match day squad last weekend. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Carroll, who seems to be perennially injured, returned to the bench for West Ham’s match against Man City.

But with the Hammers 3-0 down, Pellegrini chose not to risk his injury-prone striker.

The 29-year-old has not played a single match this season but he could make his return against his first club.


The 6ft 4in striker’s strengths are obvious; he is a presence up top and on his day, he is nearly impossible to beat in the air.

After Sam Vokes caused Newcastle’s three-man central defence some issues on Monday, Pellegrini should be encouraged by this with Carroll available to him.

If Marko Arnautovic is deemed fit, he should start but Carroll is an excellent option from the bench when he is at full tilt.

With his contract expiring in the summer, the ex-England international could be playing for an extension and he will have a point to prove.

Jack Wilshere

West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere has not played in three months. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Wilshere is also back from injury and available for action. After signing from Arsenal on a free transfer, Wilshere picked up an injury just four games into the campaign.

What the 26-year-old offers is ability on the ball which is clearly lacking in West Ham’s other central midfielders.

Wilshere is a playmaker in the middle and he has that creative spark that Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang seem to lack.

Pellegrini might not risk the 34-cap England international from the start this weekend but if the Hammers are trailing, Wilshere should be his man to spice things up in the middle of the park.